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José Raventós is often mentioned as the inventor of the famous Spanish sparkling wine, who allegedly produced one for the first time in 1872 in Sant Sadurni d'Anoia in the present DO area of Penedès. However, the honour is actually due to others. Because Antoni Gali Comas was already producing a sparkling wine around 1850. Further merits were earned by Luis Justo y Villanueva (1834-1880), the laboratory director of the Agricultural Institute in Sant Isidre, who taught some producers the champagne method. At a competition in Barcelona in 1872, three of his students presented sparkling wines. The fact is, however, that José Raventós, as head of the Cava House Codorníu, was the first to make sparkling wine from the current standard varieties Parellada, Xarello and Macabeo, but did not introduce it to the market until 1879.

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